symposium

[ sim-poh-zee-uh m ]
/ sɪmˈpoʊ zi əm /

noun, plural sym·po·si·ums, sym·po·si·a [sim-poh-zee-uh] /sɪmˈpoʊ zi ə/.

a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject, especially a meeting at which several speakers talk on or discuss a topic before an audience.
a collection of opinions expressed or articles contributed by several persons on a given subject or topic.
an account of a discussion meeting or of the conversation at it.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) a convivial meeting, usually following a dinner, for drinking and intellectual conversation.
(initial capital letter, italics) a philosophical dialogue (4th century b.c.) by Plato, dealing with ideal love and the vision of absolute beauty.

Origin of symposium

1580–90; < Latin < Greek sympósion drinking party, equivalent to sym- sym- + po- (variant stem of pī́nein to drink) + -sion noun suffix
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symposium

/ (sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm) /

noun plural -siums or -sia (-zɪə)

a conference or meeting for the discussion of some subject, esp an academic topic or social problem
a collection of scholarly contributions, usually published together, on a given subject
(in classical Greece) a drinking party with intellectual conversation, music, etc

Word Origin for symposium

C16: via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpinein to drink together, from sum- syn- + pinein to drink
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